Humour

first_imgThe earth finally moved for me. It was 7.10am on Saturday September 19, 2009. And there I was, insouciantly au naturel, face flushed, heart racing, on the Island of the Gods. Who says 50-something means one foot in the grave, the other on a banana peel? I listened to birdsong, watched the swimming pool heave, the ground shake, and the windows rattle. It was 5.8 on the Richter scale, the BBC later reported. It was time to get some clothes on. I showered in ten seconds and raced out; not exactly poetry in motion, but efficiently survivalist. The blonde hair on the deck chair was the only reminder of her. She was long gone now. Scooting through the trees. I didn’t even have a picture, but there would be other opportunities to observe lion-tailed macaques in Bali.I was alive. Hallelujah. And it was time for breakfast. The Bible rightly says, “What God hath joined together let no man put asunder.” Thus it was I headed for my sacred tryst with runny underdone eggs, scrambled to perfection. And on this, the sixth day, it was served, and I saw it was good. Not scrambled eggs this time but exquisitely done Eggs Benedict, dripping with hollandaise sauce, on a lush bed of spinach and Canadian ham, bursting with the goodness of what the West calls free-range, barn-laid, organic eggs–usually with a price tag to rival a Mercedes E-Class.In local parlance it’s simply “local eggs”. Hens in Bali, India, and much of Asia don’t have any other option than to dodge passing cars and forage free range. They don’t do Alaska cruises and battery-fed buffets in climate-controlled environs perusing the latest farm-feed menus, driving egg prices ever higher. I had switched to Eggs Benedict today. Not because the resort cooked them to perfection but because I had just had an epiphany. Hotels simply do not know how to cook scrambled eggs. Why can’t hotel chefs–with more titles and decorations than General Douglas MacArthur–make decent huevos? This remains one of the enduring mysteries of modern travel. The elite Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne has been around since 1893, churning out brilliant hoteliers, administrators, oenologists; and chefs in starched aprons and reassuringly stiff white caps strongly hinting at a certain culinary pedigree. I do think a hundred years is long enough to teach anyone how to whisk a spatula. In Singapore I got dour looks from a sourpuss chef who pointed towards the buffet table. “Scrumble over there,” he sniffed. The ready made “scrumble” wasn’t bad at all. But I wanted mine underdone with tomatoes, mushrooms, chillies and ham. With a few honourable exceptions, at almost all hotels I have sampled breakfast at, the scrambled egg exercise invariably resulted in an omelette. All these omelettes look the same, taste the same and they have one other thing in common. They are definitely not scrambled egg.In Bangkok I watched as the chef put the eggs on the fire and then wandered off to have a chat with his friends. By the time he returned my scrambled egg was a pancake. Nowadays I direct the breakfast chefs firmly and stand there glowering at every move.The following week on my flight to Shanghai the air hostess came up and smiled sweetly, “K 4 coffee?” “No, K for kangaroo, C for coffee. Actually I’d like some Japanese green tea.” “And would you like scrambled eggs with sausage?” I sighed. I’d rather knock out all my teeth with a hot iron than eat airline eggs. That’s an entirely different level of gastronomic pain and endurance. I settled for the green tea. The duty-free selection was not bad at all but there was no DVT. I’ve always wanted one–preferably from Sony. It’s all the rage on long-haul economy class and apparently works better than Ambien and Ketamine combined. Best of all, deep vein thrombosis requires no batteries. I later watched the inflight video with interest. Some spoiled sport has packed it with tips to avoid getting DVT. First you need to find a tall oak tree to lean against. Then you proceed to stretch out and pummel the hell out of your neighbours as you swing your arms about. It was good to be back in Hong Kong. I broke open two barn-laid eggs, beat them, dropped in some butter on the skillet and added a dash of chilli and herbs. Let nothing separate a man from good scrambled eggs. Forget the blonds. I’ll take a good breakfast any day.The author edits SmartTravelAsia.comadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2019: MS Dhoni ruled out of CSK vs MI match with fever

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni will miss his second match for the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2019 as he is down with fever. Suresh Raina will lead the Super Kings in their match against Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Friday.CSK all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will also miss this key clash due to fever. This is only the 5th IPL match that MS Dhoni is not playing for Chennai Super Kings. CSK vs MI Live BlogDhoni had earlier missed the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 17 due to back spasm. Raina had led the Super Kings in that match and suffered a 6-wicket defeat at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad.Dhoni’s absence will be a big blow for Chennai on Friday as they look to seal their spot in the playoffs. The defending champions are on top of the table with 16 points from 11 matches and need just one more win to become the first team to advance to the playoffs.Wishing MS Dhoni a super speedy recovery!#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #CSKvMI pic.twitter.com/9AZxP51JAhMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 26, 2019Mumbai Indians on the other hand, are placed third with 12 points and yet to consolidate their position in the top four and need at least two more wins to seal a play-off berth.Mumbai Indians, who are returning to play at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, will be confident, considering they had beaten the defending champions in their early-season meeting at home. After posting 170 on the board, CSK were jolted by the pace trio of Lasith Malinga, Jason Behrendorff and Hardik Pandya who shared 7 wickets between them.advertisementThe @ChennaiIPL win the toss and elect to bowl first against the @mipaltan #CSKvMI pic.twitter.com/a4Un17kV7QIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 26, 2019Chennai Super Kings have enjoyed a lot of success against most teams in the IPL but Mumbai Indians have always proved to be worthy opponents. In fact, CSK have a winning percentage of less than 50 against only MI in the IPL.In 27 meetings between the two sides across all competitions, Mumbai Indians have managed to win 15 with Chennai Super Kings winning 12.Mumbai however, must be cautious against Chennai as they have not lost a single game at their home so far in this year’s league. Chennai have won all of their five games at the Chepauk.More importantly, Mumbai Indians have enjoyed considerable success over the years at Chepauk, considered Chennai Super Kings’ fortress.CSK have not lost a single match at Chepauk in IPL 2019. In fact, they have lost only one match out of their last 18 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. However, the said defeat came against MI in IPL 2015 and Rohit Sharma’s men are the last team to beat MS Dhoni’s men at the iconic venue.In fact, Mumbai Indians completed a double over Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk in IPL 2015, also winning the final at Chennai’s home venue.last_img read more

County Cricket: Ravichandran Ashwin takes five wickets for Nottinghamshire

first_imgIndian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin returned impressive figures of five for 59 to help Nottinghamshire bowl out Somerset for 169 in their second innings of the County Championship Division One match here Tuesday.Nottinghamshire were set a target of of 255 at the Cooper Associates County Ground. One of the two overseas players for the club, Ashwin took three for 93 in the first innings.Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 241 in their first innings after Somerset’s 326 all out, conceding a lead of 85.Besides the 32-year-old Ashwin, who had a match haul of eight for 123 in 64.3 overs, left-arm spinner LA Patterson-White picked up five for 73.This is Ashwin’s second match for his county team after taking three for 162 in Nottinghamshire’s innings defeat to defending champion, Essex.Meanwhile, Hampshire’s overseas player and Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane failed against Warwickshire at Hampshire Bowl in Southampton.Batting at No. 3, Rahane made four in the first innings before being caught off the bowling of seamer Olly Stone. In Hampshire’s second innings, Rahane was trapped in front of the wicket for three by Oliver Hannon-Dalby.Also Read | India vs New Zealand semi-final 1st ever World Cup knock-out match to move into reserve dayAlso See:last_img read more

Devastated Steve Smith breaks down during apology for ball tampering scandal

first_imgAustralian cricket broke down in tears as a shattered Steve Smith took full responsibility for the ball-tampering crisis that has engulfed a nation and a similarly emotional Darren Lehmann fell on his sword as coach. Lies and deceit made way for anguish and penance in Sydney, Perth and Johannesburg on Thursday.The scandal that has resulted in Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft being hit with lengthy bans from the sport for cheating – and ultimately left in disgrace – bottomed out. Smith, speaking on his arrival back in New South Wales from South Africa and after being stripped of the captaincy for failing to stop Bancroft tampering with the ball under orders from Warner, cut a sorry figure. The 28-year-old was barely able to control his tears as, with his father, Peter, alongside him, he apologised. Share via Email “To fans of cricket all over the world and to all Australians who are disappointed and angry: I’m sorry,” said Smith, as the camera flash bulbs crackled away at the former Test captain’s every pained convulsion. “I want to make it clear as captain of the Australian cricket team I take full responsibility. I made a serious error of judgment and I now understand the consequences. It was a failure of leadership, of my leadership.”Smith added that, to his knowledge, the ball tampering during the 322-run defeat by South Africa in Cape Town was a first from his team. Now banned for a year and from captaincy for two, he put his huge error of judgment down to the fact “good people make mistakes”.When the world’s No 1 Test batsman – a player feted as the new Don Bradman – was then asked what he would say to a young supporter, he replied: “Firstly, that I’m deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket, I love entertaining young kids, I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love. “Any time you think about making a questionable decision, think about who you’re affecting. You’re affecting your parents and to see the way my old man has been, and my mum, it hurts. “I just want to say I’m sorry for the pain I have brought to Australia, the fans and the public. It’s devastating and I’m truly sorry.”Watching these raw scenes, and those from a similarly contrite press conference held by Bancroft in Perth, the team’s coach, Lehmann, decided his time, too, was up. The fourth and final Test with South Africa at the Wanderers that starts today, with the hosts 2-1 up, will be his last in charge. The 48-year-old had been cleared of involvement in the events at Newlands last Saturday when Bancroft was caught on camera applying sandpaper to the ball in the desperate pursuit of reverse swing for the bowlers. Play Video The question now is whether an appeal against his punishment, and those for Smith and Bancroft, follows. The Australian players’ union has already called into question the process by which the three were dealt with and the severity of the sanctions when compared with the one-match ban for Smith from the ICC.That punishment, which also resulted in fines for the captain and Bancroft, was met with widespread derision, despite sitting within the governing body’s code of conduct. Ball tampering is considered a minor infringement by the laws of the game too, given it incurs a mere five-run penalty.The International Cricket Council’s chief executive, David Richardson, announced a review of the code is under way. “We have seen a number of incidents of poor player behaviour in recent weeks which has included ugly sledging, send-offs, dissent against umpires’ decisions, a walk-off and ball tampering,” he said.“This has been perhaps one of the worst periods in recent memory for consistently poor player behaviour and the global outcry in relation to the ball tampering is a clear message to cricket: enough is enough.” Cricket Australia CEO: Cheating is an appropriate word to use – video Australian ball tampering Since you’re here… Darren Lehmann Andy Bull Why did Smith and Bancroft have to front up, only to break down? Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content news Support The Guardian Australia sport Share on Facebookcenter_img 0:58 On Wednesday, Lehmann had spoken of rebuilding the team’s culture. But after consulting his family, and in response to what he described as abuse directed at them from the public, he called time on a five-year reign that has returned two home Ashes wins and the World Cup in 2015.“I really felt for Steve as I saw him crying in front of the media and all of the players are really hurting,” said Lehmann, welling up as he spoke. “As I’ve stated before, I had no prior knowledge of the incident and do not condone what happened at all, but good people can make mistakes. “My family and I have copped a lot of abuse and it’s taken its toll. As many of you in this room will know, life on the road means a lot of time away from our loved ones and, after speaking with my family at length over the last few days, it’s the right time to step away.”Bancroft, the apparent stooge in the operation, learned yesterday he would not be joining Somerset for the county season during his nine-month ban. Eight Tests into an international career that was yet to catch fire, the 25-year-old admitted a long road back lies ahead. He said: “It is something I will look to improve on and earn the respect back of the community. I’ve worked so hard to get to this point in my career and to know I’ve just given somebody else an opportunity for free is devastating for me.”Bancroft declined to respond when asked whether he had been bullied into the scheme by Warner, the fiery vice-captain of Australia, whom his governing body painted as ring-leader. Warner, facing the possible end of his international career and having been barred from leadership roles once his year-long ban expires, spoke only briefly on arriving in Sydney with his wife, Candice, and their two daughters.Describing “a tough and emotional time” for his family, the 31-year-old said he would have his say in the next couple of days. In an earlier statement on social media he had apologised for his part in the scandal and added: “I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers.” David Warner Australia coach Darren Lehmann quits in wake of ball-tampering scandal Steve Smith Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Cricket Share on LinkedIn Australia cricket team Read more Topics Read morelast_img read more

Thank You To Touch Football Volunteers

first_imgNVW is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our communities and to say thank you to the more than six million Australians who volunteer across the country. The 2012 National Volunteer Week runs from Monday, 14 May to Sunday, 20 May 2012 and the theme for this year is ‘Volunteers – Every One Counts.’Touch Football has volunteers at many levels of the sport, from affiliate administrators through to referees, coaches, selectors and panel/executive members and the sport wouldn’t be as successful as it is without the help of these valued volunteers. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, has praised the efforts of the volunteers involved in the sport of Touch Football, saying that their hard work is greatly appreciated. “Volunteers are a valuable and integral part of any sporting association and on behalf of Touch Football Australia I thank each and every one for their contribution,” Maguire said. Touch Football Australia would like to thank all of its volunteers for their contribution to our sport.last_img read more

10 months agoWolves defender Ryan Bennett agrees new deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves defender Ryan Bennett agrees new dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Ryan Bennett has agreed terms over a new two-and-a-half year deal at Molineux.The centre-back had 18 months left on his old deal but will commit his future on improved terms until 2021, says the Daily Star.He has impressed in Wolves’ return to the Premier League with the club sitting 10th ahead of Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth.Bennett joined on a free transfer from Norwich in 2017 and helped Nuno Espirito Santo’s side win the Championship last season.He has made 49 appearances for Wolves, scoring once, and has played in 15 of the club’s 16 top flight matches this term. last_img

Plunged into trust deficit

first_imgOur political experts argue that the Indian National Congress is in a fix and moving along a beaten track in pursuit of a panacea to the organisational problems which will not help the party to come back to the centre stage as an alternative to the ruling dispensation. They lament that the party is facing unprecedented problems in different fronts which require a major surgery and not cosmetic solutions to cure the ills. Congress faces severe problems in organisational restructuring, ideological repositioning, leadership and above all, trust deficit. These problems are not unique to Congress. Many of the regional political parties have been facing the same problems. Many second-level leaders in Congress and other regional parties have noticed this syndrome and started moving towards BJP to enjoy greener pastures. BJP has strategically used them to advance their political march towards the power centre. Also Read – A special kind of bondBJP understands it well that organisational strength, contextualised ideological position of the party, adoption of the most advanced technology to reach out to masses, projecting powerful leadership to communicate and convince masses, creation of a new consciousness among the people and eroding the stand of opposition parties by touching their weaknesses are factors to achieve what it envisages. BJP, in recent years, has demonstrated that it was never contended with the electoral victory. Its aim is to penetrate into masses by using success. When BJP achieves electoral victory in a state, it will consolidate its positions first and then only will it move towards the next phase or area. Conquest and consolidation is its strategy while Congress has not learnt the art and as a result, despite being in power for ten years, it could not consolidate and strengthen the party substantially. They have been continuously searching for strategies and strategists for electoral victory and not for penetrating into masses. In fact, Congress is the mother of political parties in India, just as the British parliament. It was born out of a movement drawing the support of masses, more particularly the rustic folk in the rural areas namely the farming, pastoral, craft, fishing and tribal communities. They were drawn towards the party emotionally as the leaders built trust through their moral conscience and engaged with people. Also Read – Insider threat managementOver a period of time, Congress concentrated more on the electoral processes, government formation and its management rather than public engagement. In the last 30 years, the party has absolutely moved away from its original constituents, concentrating more on electoral strategies and processes, and thereby facing a trust deficit. In the era of globalisation, the party has lost its trust as benefits of the economy reached the rich, the middlemen and managers of the party despite its pro-poor policies and programmes. Congress never bothered to see whether the chalked out schemes and programmes have reached the needy by involving the party cadres. At this juncture, BJP moved into space left by Congress and capitalised. It is not only the space left by Congress that has been used but also the values such as patriotism, nationalism, sacrifice, service, yoga, naturopathy, etc. Congress has to start its introspection by searching for its soul. A proper introspection will show where Congress failed. This exercise has to be done not with managers and middlemen of the party but with Congress-minded intellectuals and opinion-makers. They are critical of Congress as it moved away from its original constituents. They have concerns for the poor and they feel that Congress has lost support from its core constituents. Congress need not bother about the immediate electoral outcome but rather work for rejuvenating the party and build its organisational strength by contextualising the ideology. Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals can substantially guide the party if the party leadership analyses the fall of the party in the backdrop of the Gandhian ideology and framework of building a mass movement. It has full five years and hence it can reposition itself by taking up the cause of the poor and by which a new consciousness can be created that it is a neo-Congress. (The author is a former Professor and Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural Institute. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Colten Boushies mother says racism is on full display in Saskatchewan

first_imgREGINA – The mother of a young Indigenous man who was shot and killed on a Saskatchewan farm says racism is on full display in the province every day.Debbie Baptiste said she sees racism everywhere — in private business, in the courts and in the government, where Indigenous children are being taken into foster care.“It’s like the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) is no longer wearing their mask. They’re out and about,” Baptiste said Tuesday.Baptiste’s son Colten Boushie was killed after being shot in the head on a farm near the community of Biggar in August 2016.The landowner, Gerald Stanley, was acquitted of second-degree murder after testifying that his gun went off accidentally.Stanley said he was trying to scare some Indigenous young people that he thought were stealing from him.Baptiste is in Regina to show her support for the Justice for Our Stolen Children camp that’s set up outside the Saskatchewan legislature.She said she is at the camp for her son, but also because she had two grandchildren taken by Child and Family Services.“It’s very peaceful and I’m pretty sure my son would want me here,” she said.The camp was set up on Feb. 28 — shortly after the Boushie and Tina Fontaine cases both resulted in acquittals.Fontaine was 15-years-old when she disappeared in Winnipeg in 2014.Her body was pulled from the Red River eight days later wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks. A jury found Raymond Cormier not guilty in February of second-degree murder.Baptiste said that the camp has frequently received racist taunts since she’s been there, including from a group of people playing frisbee nearby. Vehicles also drive by to tell the campers to “get off our land.”Boushie’s mother is also watching the trial of white homeowner Peter Khill, who is accused of shooting Indigenous man Jon Styres in front of Khill’s rural home outside Hamilton, Ont., in February 2016.The Khill case has some similarities to that of Boushie’s.“I hope, pray, they get the justice that they’re asking for,” Baptiste said.Camp supporter Prescott Demas said that more than 1,300 people have stopped by the camp since it started.“It’s nice to have her (Baptiste) here especially since everything started was from the Gerald Stanley verdict,” Demas said.Demas, 47, said that campers want a meeting with the government, although he doesn’t believe it will happen. The camp has received two eviction notices.“I don’t know what my expectations are because I know that this government isn’t interested in listening,” Demas said. “Any expectations of them actually coming out are kind of really high hopes.”Ministry of Justice spokeswoman Jennifer Graham said the government has tried to arrange two meetings with the campers but the locations were rejected.“The group has been advised that their ongoing encampment in the park is not permitted and they must vacate,” she said an email. “Therefore, government officials will not be meeting with the group at the encampment.”— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitterlast_img read more

Mental Health Association of New York City Honors Patrick J Kennedy

first_imgOn Tuesday night the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) brought together over 300 supporters, guests and business leaders to call for greater awareness and support for the many faces of Mental Health.Mental Health Association Of NYC Gala Honors Patrick J. KennedyWABC Eyewitness News Anchor Bill Ritter hosted the emotional evening honoring Patrick J. Kennedy and focused on the personal stories of those challenged and the need for early detection and greater awareness.Every speaker on stage spoke about why they too were one of the many faces of mental health or a part of the vast support system connected in some way to the cause. Host Bill Ritter talked about the huge disparity between the numbers- one in four adults in this country has had a mental health challenge – and the resources devoted to mental wellness.Longtime MHA-NYC CEO and President Giselle Stolper highlighted the organization as a force for mental wellness as exemplified by such programs as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Veterans Crisis Hotline, NFL Lifeline and 164 network crisis centers. “In 2015 alone,” she said “these programs provided life saving assistance to 1.5 million people people across the country. And locally, in partnership with New York City, we answered up to 12,000 calls a month from people in crisis.”Sarah Vander Schaaff, a writer and blogger, whose honesty and courage about her own obsessive compulsive disorder in the Washington Post received international acclaim, urged the audience to talk openly with their children and friends and embrace “the wisdom and help, medical and behavioral, that can lessen the pain and anxiety or depression and limit our mental well-being.”Antigone Davis, the head of Global Safety at Facebook, talked about their moving work with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to enable “compassionate connections on Facebook and our efforts to provide support for those dealing with depression and thoughts of self harm.” Working collaboratively with experts in the field, Facebook has developed enhanced tools and resources for when people encounter this kind of content. Davis added that this work was a labor of love for her, having lost someone she knew well to suicide while in college.It was 21-year-old D.J. Wilkerson, who brought the audience to its feet with his story of survival and ultimately triumph. Wilkerson, said he he had been called a “nothing” for much of his life. He began a self described “decline”, faced trouble with the law, dropped out of school and was hospitalized in a psychiatric ward of a hospital. He turned his life around, with the help of MHA-NYC’s Adolescent Skills Centers and beamed as he described his GED, two internships, successful job at GAMESTOP and educational and career dreams.The night came to a perfect close when Amy Kennedy, Education Director of the Kennedy Forum and wife of former Rhode Island representative Patrick J. Kennedy accepted the night’s award as a champion of mental health on her husband’s behalf. Kennedy said the lessons learned from Wilkerson’s story, and all those shared throughout the night, were a perfect example of the need for more education and early intervention to help all those struggling with mental health challenges.Event Chairs for the MHA-NYC 2016 Gala included: Jennifer Ashley, Ph. D., Global Director of Human Resources for CBRE, RIc Clark, Senior Managing Partner and Global Head of Real Estate at Brookfield, and CEO of Brookfield Property Partners, Charles P. Fitzgerald, founder and and Senior Managing Partner of of V3 Capital Management, L.P.Other notable guests included: Rebecca Jarvis, Chief National Correspondent ABC News, Tamsen Fadal, anchor at WPIX TV, former New York Rangers defensemen Tom Laidlaw, former New York Giants tight end Mark Bavaro and former New York Jets defensive back and broadcaster John Dockery.Sponsors for the MHA-NYC 2016 Gala included: Brookfield, CBRE Group, Inc., Cynthia Eckes, V3 Capital Management L.P., Cynthia Zirinsky, Jennifer Ashley, Ric Clark, Sheri & Kevin Danehy, Charles Fitzgerald, Diana Gaines, Alison Lewis & Newmark Grubb Knight, Frank, Alaina Melichar, Morgan Stanley, Alston & Bird, Balyasny Asset Management, EY, Facebook, Inc., Gracie Square Hospital, Bernie Groveman, Robert Gottesman, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Kelly Drye & Warren LLP, Meyer Mintz & Berdon LLP, Montefiore Medical Center, National Football league, Joseph F. Peyronnin, III and Susan Zirinsky, Ellen and Alan Rutsky, Anderson, McCoy & Orta, Beacon Health Solutions, Lawrence Calcano, Johnson &Johnson, Magellan Health, Paul Massey, Michael Nissan, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., Corbett Price, Lynn Sherman, S. Donald Sussman for Paloma Partners, Kenneth and Anna Zankel.last_img read more

Gardner leads E Carolina past MarylandEastern Shore 7043

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Jayden Gardner scored 22 points and K.J. Davis, Seth LeDay and Shawn Williams all scored 10 points and East Carolina beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 70-47 on Sunday.LeDay made a pair of free throws, East Carolina (6-4) led 4-2 and never trailed again. The free throws began an 11-0 run that included a 3-pointer by Williams. The Pirates shot 15 of 27 (55.6) from the field in the first half and led 42-21 at intermission.Gardner finished 9-of-14 shooting and collected eight rebounds. Davis and LeDay each grabbed six rebounds and ECU outrebounded the Hawks 42-28.A.J. Cheeseman and Montraz Oliver each scored 14 for Maryland-Eastern Shore. The Hawks, now losers of three straight, missed their last nine shots and didn’t register a field goal for the final 9 1/2 minutes. Maryland-Eastern Shore shot 16 of 50 from the field including 2 of 14 from 3-point range.The Associated Press read more

The 5 at 5 Monday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head out the door.1. #ALPS: Two Irishmen have died after falling while on a climb on Mont Blanc in the French Alps.2. #CALLELY: Former Fianna Fáil TD Ivor Callely has been sentenced to five months in prison for making fraudulent expenses claims.3. #GAZA: Seven children have been killed after a missile slammed into a playground in a Gaza City refugee camp. Medics say the missile came from the Israeli side but Israel says it was a Hamas rocket that hit the camp. Meanwhile, the Seanad is to reconvene on Thursday to debate the ongoing violence.4. #JUSTICE: An independent review of Department of Justice has found a “closed, secretive and silo driven culture“.5. #MOLLY: The Israeli Embassy in Ireland has deleted a picture it published that showed the Molly Malone statue in full Muslim dress.last_img read more

NASAs Messenger probe enters Mercurys orbit

first_imgNASA has broken the news that its Messenger probe has finally reached the planet Mercury and managed to successfully enter an orbit. That orbit was achieved at 9pm EDT on Thursday.The good news will come as a relief to anyone who has worked on the mission as the probe took 6.5 years to get there with no guarantee something wouldn’t go wrong on the way or during the crucial orbit engine burn.Messenger now safely orbits the planet and scientists may finally get some answers to long-held questions about how Mercury works. No doubt it holds many secrets that will surprise us all over the coming years, but there are specific questions we could get answers to quickly.As you may know, the planet has a very high concentration of iron making up 65% of its entire core. That core is also very large and covered by a very thin crust of magnesium and silicates. It is hoped we can now find out how that came to be as it’s so unusual.Mercury is generally a very strange planet. Being so close to the sun it has a year only a quarter the length of our own, but it rotates so slowly a day is 6 (Earth) months long. At the same time, Mercury manages to have a global magnetic field just like ours, but scientists can’t yet figure out how or why. Mercury is just rather confusing.The investigation of the planet will not be starting just yet as NASA is more concerned with ensuring everything still works on the Messenger probe. So from March 23rd until April 3rd all systems will be thoroughly checked. Then on April 4th the “science phase” begins.Here’s a video NASA made before the orbit was achieved that gives you some more information about Messenger, the mission, and the planet:Read more at NASA and CNET (image courtesy of NASA)last_img read more

RIM dévoile 5 nouveaux Blackberry

first_imgRIM dévoile 5 nouveaux BlackberryMercredi, la firme canadienne RIM a annoncé qu’elle allait prochainement effectuer le plus “vaste” lancement de smartphones Blackberry de son histoire. Il s’agirait de deux nouveaux Bold et de trois modèles de Torch. Alors que l’iPhone d’Apple est désormais passé devant Blackberry aux Etats-Unis, la firme canadienne RIM a bien décidé de ne pas se laisser faire. Mercredi, elle a annoncé que cinq nouveaux modèles de son smartphone à succès allaient prochainement être commercialisés. Si les dates précises de sortie n’ont pas été précisées, RIM a dévoilé qu’il s’agissait de deux modèles de la série Bold et de trois appareils Torch. “Il s’agit du plus vaste lancement de téléphones multifonctions Blackberry de notre histoire, à l’échelle mondiale” a commenté le co-PDG du groupe, Mike Lazaridis, cité par l’AFP. Selon les informations dévoilées, les cinq modèles seraient dotés du nouveau système Blackberry 7OS, dont le co-PDG a vanté les mérites. Ainsi, près de 225 partenaires de distribution auraient déjà “commencé ou complété” la certification des nouveaux appareils.Ces derniers temps, RIM connait en effet une passe difficile avec la concurrence toujours plus importante d’Apple. Grâce à ces nouveaux modèles, la firme espère donc regagner un peu de terrain Le 3 août 2011 à 20:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La BeoVision 740 ou la télévision 3D qui ne pénalise pas la

first_imgLa BeoVision 7-40, ou la télévision 3D qui ne pénalise pas la 2DBang & Olufsen commercialise deux nouvelles télévisions 3D, la 7-40 et la 7-55,  qui équilibrent 2D et 3D et intègrent un lecteur Blu-Ray.Les possesseurs de TV 3D veulent rarement regarder leurs émissions en stéréoscopie en permanence. Pour regarder un film, oui, mais s’il s’agit de laisser la TV allumée pendant que l’on cuisine, ou en discutant avec des amis, les lunettes 3D ne sont pas très pratiques ! À lire aussiLa télévision ferait grossir dès l’enfanceHélas certaines TV 3D ont une qualité d’image amoindrie lors du passage à la 2D. Le fabricant de la 7-40, Bang & Olufsen, a pris soin que les capacités 3D de cette nouvelle TV ne se fasse pas au dépend de la 2D.L’écran full HD, qui existe soit en 40 pouces soit en 55 (7-40 et 7-50) contient également un lecteur blu-ray. Un pied pivotant motorisé permet d’ajuster l’angle de vue, et un capteur lumineux ajuste le rétro-éclairage par rapport aux conditions de la pièce. Ce rétro-éclairage est d’ailleurs du 1.5D local dimming, c’est-à-dire que la luminosité varie en fonction des zones de l’écran : les zones noires de l’image sont peu lumineuses, tandis que les blanches éclairent au maximum, pour un contraste plus intense et des noirs plus noirs que noirs.Le 29 novembre 2011 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gotham Featured Plenty of Great Villains and Didnt Use Them at All

first_img NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Stay on target Last night’s episode of Gotham achieved a remarkable feat. An entire hour of television went by, and absolutely nothing happened. The story didn’t move forward in any appreciable way, very little was set up for the rest of the season, and none of the iconic villains featured did anything resembling villainy. It was pure filler, dragging out events that could have taken place in the opening five minutes to last the entire 40. It takes skill to crank out an episode this disposable.That’s not to say the episode was bad. A bad episode would have been more interesting. This episode was perfectly mediocre. That’s somehow even more disappointing than it being outright terrible. Maybe the episode only feels this way because the last few episodes have hit such high notes. We got Penguin assembling an army of freaks, The Riddler coming into his own and Bruce being sent off to the mountains. Last night’s episode glanced at those pieces, then kicked the can down the road to next week.Michael Chiklis (Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX)It even had a few good moments, largely thanks to the cast. Michael Chiklis is back as Barnes, which could make for a great episode in the future, but the show seriously underused him last night. Of all the people we’ve seen infected with the Alice Tetch virus, nobody embodies the focused, terrifying rage quite like Chiklis does. In this episode, the Court of Owls takes him from Arkham and uses his blood to weaponize the virus. That’s how they’re going to cleanse Gotham. Give the entire city the virus (save for an approved list of loved ones) and let them tear each other apart. Gordon spent the entire episode trying to figure out this plan. He does by the end of it, but Katherine catches on to the fact that he’s trying to stop them from inside the organization. This leads to the fun, corny ending where she instructs Barnes to kill Gordon. The way Chiklis chews the scenery with his line about being the city’s executioner is some wonderful cheese. It makes you wish the entire episode had been like that. Also, did you notice how his mask at the end of the episode looked a lot like that of a certain super-strong Batman villain? And that Barnes’s name is very similar to the name of said villain? Could Barnes be… Condiment King?It was also nice to see B.D. Wong return as Dr. Hugo Strange. He was one of the better villains last season, and Wong’s portrayal is easily one of my favorite versions of this character. The Court captures him so they can find a way to weaponize the Tetch virus. When Gordon and Bullock find him in their lab, he happily tells them everything. He doesn’t like being forced to make weapons against his will. This scene was almost entirely exposition, but it was at least delivered well. Any amount of exposition can be made bearable when you have a talented actor like this laying it out.BD Wong (Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX)Bullock had some great moments, again mostly because Donal Logue is just so likable as the beleaguered acting captain. He has the one good scene with Lee where, despite lying to her about what Jim is up to, he does appear to really care about her. Reassuring her that she’s not crazy, she’s hurt, while it’s not what she wants to hear, demonstrates he’s doing his best to navigate an impossible situation. He wants to protect everyone in the precinct, including Lee, but to do that; he has to keep Jim’s activity’s secret. Lee’s story has quickly become the worst of Gotham. It’s gone beyond the awkward exes working together, and now the show is painting her as a crazy person when we all know she’s on to something. It’s frustrating to see a once-great character sidelined like this, and it feels like the show is trying to get rid of her as soon as possible.Bruce’s storyline is another that seems to have stalled out. While it was initially exciting to see Bruce wake up in the mountains, seemingly about to begin his Batman training, it’s been super boring ever since. Bruce isn’t learning anything new that we can see, and we aren’t learning anything new about him. He spends this episode fighting a dude while his master spouts vague platitudes at him. The most significant thing that happens is he earns the right to return to Gotham but chooses to stay and train. So we’re back where we started, only now Bruce really means it.BD Wong and Leslie Hendrix (Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX)We saw a ton of villains in last night’s episode, but none of them did anything. Penguin got himself captured and locked up next to Nygma. Poison Ivy put a bunch of plants in Selina’s hospital room, which woke her up. She immediately announced her plans to do something interesting next week. (She’s going to kill the clone.) Barnes yelled while the Mad Hatter spoke in rhyme from behind bars. That’s about all we got. The fun part of Gotham is watching iconic villains terrorize the city in increasingly insane ways. Last night gave us none of that. The main problem is that the Court of Owls continues to be the most boring villain the show has given us yet. We don’t know their motivations or who they are. They aren’t even that scary looking. They’re just competent and powerful enough to be boring. On a show built around exploring the origins and motivations of monsters, it’s impossible to care about the Court. At the very least, last night’s episode promised that we’d see some clone murder and a Hulked out police captain next week. Let’s hope the show delivers.last_img read more

UN Study Finds Glyphosate Unlikely to Cause Cancer

first_imgThe popular herbicide glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer, according to a study by the United Nations (U.N.) joint Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) committee released last week.Glyphosate specifically inhibits an enzyme that is essential to plant growth; this enzyme is not found in humans or animals, contributing to the low risk to human and animal health when using glyphosate-based products according to label directions.The Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on  Pesticide Residues (JMPR) concluded that glyphosate presents a very low acute toxicity and is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet.This news from the JMPR comes after much unfortunate and unwarranted confusion continues to be caused by Iternational Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) reclassification of glyphosate last year.“Glyphosate has a 40-year track record of completely safe use in American fields, and we’ve been able to make great strides in reducing herbicide use in a sustainable manner during this period,” past American Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan said in a statement last March. “We are concerned about this issue because, while we are businessmen and women, we are also neighbors and members of our community. We depend on tools like glyphosate and other herbicides that have been proven absolutely safe by the world’s leading scientific and regulatory bodies. And because after all, we don’t just farm our land, we live on it, and work alongside our own families in the fields on which we use these products.”The JMPR’s conclusion is consistent with the overwhelming consensus of regulatory authorities around the world and builds on the recent science-based conclusions by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Authority (PMRA).In addition, the October 2015 report of the U.S. EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee also concluded that glyphosate is classified as “Not Likely to be Carcinogenic to Humans.”Glyphosate has a long history of safe use. In evaluations spanning four decades, the overwhelming conclusion of experts worldwide has been that glyphosate, when used according to label directions, does not present an unreasonable risk of adverse effects to humans, wildlife or the environment.last_img read more

Vancouver crime ring leaders sentence reduced

first_imgThe sentence for Fred James Engh, who admitted to operating a multistate retail theft crime ring, was reduced Wednesday by two years because his attorney miscalculated the defendant’s sentencing range.“It’s merely correcting an error,” said Clark County Superior Court Judge Suzan Clark. “The court’s intention was to give the highest sentence under the law … and the court was given incorrect information.”Engh’s prison sentence is now eight years.In an agreement with prosecutors, Engh, 31, of Vancouver, pleaded guilty June 26 to leading organized crime, money laundering and bail jumping. In exchange, Deputy Prosecutor Michelle Nisle agreed to dismiss 54 other felony charges related to the crime ring.Clark then sentenced Engh to the maximum sentence allowed under the law. In Engh’s signed guilty statement, his attorney, Josephine Townsend, wrote that the maximum sentence for the money laundering conviction was 120 months, or 10 years.In fact, Townsend said Wednesday, the maximum is eight years.Townsend and Nisle had jointly recommended a sentence of eight years. Clark, citing Engh’s lack of remorse, sentenced Engh to 10 years.“The court is not particularly impressed with your arrogance and with your kind of dodging the facts in this case,” Clark said at the time, according to a transcript. “This is … very serious, incredible impact on the community.”last_img read more

Macau tourist prices on the rise

first_imgMacau’s Tourist Price Index (TPI) – an indicator of price changes for goods and services purchased by visitors – rose by 2.78% year-on-year to 129.86 in the three months to 30 June 2018, according to latest information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).The TPI increase has been attributed primarily to the rising cost of hotel accommodation, restaurants, transportation and local food products. In particular, the price indices of the Accommodation sector increased 7.05%, Transport and Communications 6.30% and Alcohol and Tobacco 4.25%. However, the TPI fell 5.17% sequentially with Accommodation down 22.60% and Transport and Communications down 3.51% on 1Q18 levels due to lower hotel room rates and airfares after the Lunar New Year.The average TPI for the last four quarters represented a 4.21% increase from the previous period, with notable increases in the price indices of Accommodation (14.12%) and Transport and Communications (4.87%).For the first half of 2018, TPI went up by 4.48% year-on-year, with price indices of Accommodation and Transport and Communications rising by 13.64% and 6.44% respectively. Macau sees 20.6% increase in visitors in 1H19 but length of stay falling RelatedPosts Macau accommodation costs down in 4Q18 Load More Dealers lead hiring surge in Macau gaming sector during 4Q18last_img read more

Bajaj Pulsar 200SS Spotted Again India Still Waits For Launch

first_imgBajaj Auto’s much anticipated Pulsar 200SS has been spied testing again in India, fuelling speculations about the launch of the bike in the domestic market further.Bajaj’s Pulsar 200 SS has been rumoured for India launch quite some time now. Although the two-wheeler aficionados were expecting the bike at the Auto Expo 2014, Bajaj, the country’s renowned two-wheeler manufacturer decisively kept it away from the throng. Now the folks at Motoroids have spotted fully faired Bajaj 200 SS in testing phase near Bajaj’s Chakan, suggesting that the launch could happen anytime from now.Bajaj has been seen testing a number of Pulsar bikes in India recently. Though the latest sighting of Pulsar 200SS does not reveal much details of the upcoming bike, rumours suggest that the new fully faired version of Pulsar 200NS will pack the retuned version of four-stroke, SOHC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine of 200Ns. The 200NS is powered by a four-stroke, SOHC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine, which has an output of 23.65 Bhp and a torque of 18.3 Nm. Other stipulated features of the bike include digital fuel injection system, optional ABS, monoshock suspension at the rear, telescopic forks at the front and projector headlamps.The bike is likely to carry a price tag higher than 200 NS and will be pitted against the Yamaha R15 V2.0 and Honda CBR150R.Recently, Bajaj launched its Discover 125 in India. It packs 125cc 4-Valve Patented TwinSpark DTS-i engine which can pump in a power of 11.5 PS and a torque of 10.4Nm. The company claims a fuel efficiency of 76kmpl.The next big thing in the domestic two-wheeler market from Bajaj is the launch of it’s two brilliant bikes Pulsar SS400 (Super Sport 400) and Pulsar CS400 (Cruiser Sport 400). The CS 400 and SS 400 Pulsars which took the auto lovers by surprise at the Delhi Auto Expo, pack 375cc liquid-cooled, 4-valve triple spark engine and is mated to a six-speed transmission, with fuel injection.Although the details of the availability and pricing of the bikes are scanty at this point of time, the Pulsar SS 400 is likely to fall in the price brackets of  1.9 and  2.1 lakhs (ex-showroom), while the other CS 400 is likely to come with a price tag of  1.7 to  1.85 lakhs (ex-showroom).last_img read more